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  1. I had the same questions, today I picked up a Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 USB, plugged it in and instantly got Doly Digital 5.1 out of Plex using optical SPDIF.. it seems to be hard finding out which USB audio devices will actually do spdif passthrough on OSX. no volume control but meh, I'll control that externally no problem. *update* wanted volume control so used Sunflower with Sunflowerbed and now I have local volume control in OSX using SPDIF out (havent tested 5.1 through sunflower yet, im temporarily back to stereo..) http://code.google.com/p/soundflower/
  2. Hackintosh Server

    no I have not, my display locks up with the GT220 if I have QT enabled, (Has something to do w/HDCP) on 10.6.3+ and from my research I need to be running at least that for HDMI Audio output.. Since I need this stable Ive just stuck w/10.6.2 and am waiting til the issue sorts its self out. Ive since learned my TV will not pass-through digital audio out its spdif out port, it remux's it to stereo.. no point now really, I guess I'll just use a separate cable until I get a hdmi audi receiver.
  3. Hackintosh Server

    so I ended up just paying the lil bit extra and building a nice i7 system, I'll take my C2D Hackintosh and make it my server since it's proven to be so damn reliable and easy to hack.. Im pretty sure I can get HDMI audio out to work now that I looked into it more. New build: P6X58D w/i7 930 and 6GB ram, should be a kickass workstation.
  4. Hackintosh Server

    It seems to be very specific to hardware and I am confused if it needs a video card that also does audio or a video card that takes a digital audio input for pass-through.. or both? guess I'll keep searching around, I really dont want to run a 50ft audio cable if I can do it out HDMI also seems to be a pretty resent development, I hear the new MBP's will do audio out mini-dvi adapter... Im still waiting for my new MBP to arrive so I dont know for sure.
  5. Hackintosh Server

    Not according to this post I found: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=140941
  6. All of my network workstations are now Macs or Hacks, and I have a handfull em and almost a handfull of users.. I tried to turn an old P4 into a OSX Server and its performance has been lackluster at best and its not horribly stable due to how unsupported the machine is. After many frustrations I really considered just getting a Mac Mini w/Snow Leopard Server, however I am not impressed at all with the specs so I started looking at putting together a Hackintosh for about the same price. Ive got an HDMI going from the living room to my rack cabinets in basement, soon I intend on ditching my paid tv service and there DVR and replacing it with OTA HD, a local cache of media and internet videos.. I also do a bit of video work in FCP and would love to use its network rendering on this server so I can continue to use my workstation(s) when an encoding job has to be done. I intend on running a Vanilla install/kernel with the fewest modifications possible.. Stability is a very high priority. Here is what I have put together so far, please comment. It'll all be running in a 4U Rack Chassis w/redundant 500W PSUs DFI LP UT P35 T2R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard ZOTAC ZT-20204-20L GeForce GT 220 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card Intel Core2 Quad Q9400 2.66GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80580Q9400 8GB of GSkill PC2 6400 (4 chips) 4 Seagate 1.5TB SATA HDDs (2 mirrored for users directories, 2 striped for local media) 64GB Mtron Mobi SLC SSD (OS) Bluetooth USB Dongle, Apple wireless keybd Sony Bluray Remote Ive already got 2 of the sata drives and the SSD... so I can build this along with a new/unused of SL server off ebay for about the same price as a MacMini Server + AppleCare I choose the DFI LP because its a full size board with several PCIe slots and dual Gbit nic's (bonding), in the future I will likely add a raid card and a HD component capture card.. however it tops out at only 8GB of memory and I dont know how well the audio works (really need to get HDMI audio) with OSX... it seems to be a pretty well supported board and now that there not top of the line its in my price range. My biggest concerns with the build at this point are with HDMI Audio w/this mbd and video card.. it seems to be possible from my research but I question weather its as easy as it now seems. My secondary concern is if I'll have all the drivers for this system available for 64bit since I am stuffing it with so much ram... On my Hack workstation I had alot of issues initially with JMicron >4GB, for stability's sake I'd like to avoid any simular issues. Thanks, Hopefully I'll be making a purchase before the weekend is up. -R
  7. ZFS

    ZFS support has apparently been dropped (ie left how it currently is) in SnowLeopard. http://www.macnn.com/articles/09/06/10/sno...d.includes.zfs/ http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/06/10/snow_leopard_no_zfs/ Several months ago you could find ZFS refrences for SnowLeopard Server all over apple's website, it appears now they are all systematically being removed. my ZFS pools have been moved from my OSX Server to OpenSolaris servers, performance is superb.
  8. ZFS

    Yea the only thing you'll find on apple.com regarding ZFS is on the Snow Leopard Server page, however the filesystem will be implemented at the kernel level. As far as I can tell the Retail and Server vanilla kernels are identical, and the ZFS is bsd licensed.. Given Retail Leopard includes software raid support and zfs-readonly I am holding high hopes it will be available to both desktop & server operating systems. I suspect it wont be a default FS regardless, and I see no reason not to include it in Retail. Even without boot disk support the average mac user would benefit from using ZFS on removable flash/thumb drives. Also given most professionals use the desktop version, the additional data integrity ZFS provides would be just as attractive as when raid support was introduced.. Speaking of raid support, with the introduction of ZFS, OSX will finally get more software raid options than 0,1,10.. Thats something that has been desired for quite a while from my understanding.
  9. Sorry to dig this up, but was VLAN and Bonding supported? If you dont know could you type the following into a terminal and tell me if the interface is listed: networksetup -listdevicesthatsupportVLAN I need VLAN support something fierce, and this NIC would be the most cost effective at achieving that presuming it works. Thanks, -R
  10. E8400 Overclocking Troubles

    Apparently, I guess I'll just have to be happy with 3.5Ghz.. Thanks for the screenshots, Ive set it up identical to that.. even with higher voltages.. I dont have any chipset voltage control though, perhaps thats holding me back
  11. Why do torrent download faster in Windows?

    I can easily pull 2-4MB/s off Transmission in OSX, up your number of connections (Prefrences -> Peers).. Ive got 300 max, 150 per torrent max and works well for me.. make sure your ports are open, if not it severely limits who you can talk to..
  12. Picasa on OSX86

    Check out the offical beta forum, if its not there post it so it gets addressed.. http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Pica...842d9&hl=en I dindt even know they released a beta for mac, sweet.. cant wait to get home and try it
  13. does not work, perhaps someday but not today... *cough* search *cough*... or at least browse the first few pages of this forum
  14. Red Alert 3 Cider Port

    check this out, hope its true.. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Command-Conquer-Re...377&sr=11-1
  15. ZFS

    Could always use a boot partition that stores the kernel and code needed to mount the ZFS root.. thats how you can have a ZFS root in FreeBSD.... So its possible, question is will Apple implement it or will we have to hack it?